Ed Podolak recently reminded us about the hazards of wearing hearing aids in summer when he lost a hearing aid while swimming. “My right hearing aid popped out and wasn’t found by our pool man for 2 weeks,” he said in an email. “He left it in the sun to dry for a few days. I put a battery in it yesterday and it fired right up. Pretty amazing!”

Water sports, summer concerts, fireworks, cookouts, lawn care and more summer activities could benefit by a little preparation for those with – or without – a hearing loss.

  1. Schedule a checkup to make sure that your hearing aids and ears are ready for summer hearing environments. Your hearing health expert can adjust any programmable hearing aid for environments that have increased background noise, so you don’t have to worry about missing a moment with your family and friends.
  2. Wear earplugs for louder activities such as lawn mowing, concerts, and fireworks. Be especially sure to protect the ears of babies and toddlers from high decibel sounds like fireworks (greater than 125 dB).
  3. Going somewhere that’s crowded and dark, like an outdoor evening movie? Place a small strip of glow-in-the-dark tape or nail polish on your hearing aids. If you need to take them out to watch the show and drop one, you can easily find it. There’s nothing worse than having to search for a lost hearing aid in a dark crowded place! (Plus, if your hearing aids have Bluetooth capability, you can find lost hearing aids with a free Apple device app.)
  4. Summer means hot weather, and sweating is just your body’s natural reaction to the heat. But did you know that this heat and moisture requires extra care for your hearing aids? Be sure to disinfect your hearing aids after being in the sun for long periods of time to decrease the risk of infection.
  5. Pack backup supplies for your hearing aids during a vacation. Extra batteries and tubing can come in handy when you are in an unfamiliar location or cruise ship with limited stops where you can buy new supplies.

No matter where your summer travels take you, Concept wants you to keep you and your family’s hearing health top of mind. Use these tips to protect your hearing as well as your loved ones’ hearing this summer.